Fathers’ Day is just around the corner, and we’ve discovered a treasure trove of fun food-themed gift ideas at the creative and socially responsible retailer UncommonGoods. UncommonGoods has so many great gifts for just about every dad, whether his style is mainstream or quirky. Best of all, the food-focused gifts we picked are all under $35 (so the kids could maybe even pay for them with their lawn-mowing money!).
Check out a few of our favorite choices here:
Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank ($29.99): Does Dad enjoy creative cooking? This salt block is great for both cooking or serving: Chill it to use it as a serving platter for ice cream; or heat it in the oven, on the stove, or on the BBQ to turn it into a self-flavoring cooktop. (We tried it here with shrimp, garlic, olive oil, and herbs). The mineral content in the salt gives your food a more nuanced flavor than table salt, and the result is perfectly seasoned, succulent dishes. Best of all: The salt has natural antibiotic properties, so when you’re finished, all you have to do is wipe it down with a damp sponge until your next use.
Hot Sauce Kit ($34.95): Spice it up for Dad this Father’s Day with a custom hot sauce made especially for him! (Or make it a special project to do with Dad so that he can pick his own seasonings). This kit comes with a variety of peppers and spices, as well as all of the jars and tools you need to put together some amazing sauces. There’s a general recipe included, but it gives you plenty of room for flexibility: We made ours with dried arbol peppers, cayenne pepper, garlic, tomato, cilantro, and just a little bit of brown sugar – yowza! Kids can have fun customizing the labels too.
Microwave Popcorn Popper ($14.99): It’s always movie night with this handy device. We love popping our own popcorn (we try to avoid those chemical-laden microwave popcorn packets) and this microwave popcorn popper is the perfect solution to let the kids make their own popcorn – no stove required. The main container is made from temperature-safe borosilicate glass and covered with a heat-resistant silicone outer frame, so there’s no risk of getting burns. And the butter melts through holes in the top while the popcorn is popping, so when the popcorn is finished, the butter is evenly distributed. Plan a special movie night for Dad and the popcorn is all taken care of!
Mexican Hot Chocolate Set ($29.95): The hot chocolate you can make with this kit puts all other hot chocolates to shame. One sip and it fills your body with sweet, cinnamon-y, chocolate-y, healing warmth. It was super-easy (and fun!) to make the hot chocolate using the Mexican wood molinillo for frothing. Secret tip: Add in a dash of coffee to make Dad a breakfast drink with extra zing!
Mushroom Mini Farms (set of 2; $25.00): When you first receive the box for these mushroom farms, you won’t believe that mushrooms can grow out of them. But they will grow, and it’ll be quick; no green thumb required! The photo here is after only 8 days of growth. This can be a fun project for Dad and kids to watch – and eat – together. If you need inspiration for how to serve them, there’s a tasty mushroom taco recipe on the back of the box.
Like these choices? You can find even more great Father’s Day gifts at UncommonGoods. And here’s a really cool thing about UncommonGoods, which we learned inadvertently: There’s a lifetime guarantee on all of the items, so if you accidentally drop it and break it (sorry about that, first microwave popcorn popper!), UncommonGoods will usually replace it for free.
Haven’t used UncommonGoods before? You should get to know them! They’re a privately-owned retailer that sells unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. They run all of their operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. Half of what they sell is made by hand; most of the jewelry products, home décor and table top items are created in the U.S., and about one-third of the entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. And UncommonGoods is officially certified as a B Corp, which means that they meet a rigorous standard on a wide range of issues, including wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to the community. So you can buy great products and feel good about the business you’re supporting. Good for you, good for Dad too! Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!
Blogger disclosure: UncommonGoods sent me these products to sample. All opinions expressed are my own.